When it comes to property sales, being clear on what you will take with you when you move and what is included in the sale price will make for a much smoother transaction. The area of fixtures and fittings can and has lead to some debate during the selling/buying process, so clear communication is always key.
Being mindful of what features are appropriate to leave behind, and what actually might enhance your sale position, will help you get the most from your property. We at Nicol Estate Agents have plenty of experience and a good eye for these details and can advise you as a home seller or a home buyer on what could help and what could hinder a smooth transaction. For example, sometimes more desirable items or customised furniture can be used as a way of maximising the selling price.
At the same time, the conditions of the local market will reflect upon the area of fixtures and fittings. When the housing market is particularly tough, debates over fixtures and fitting may crop up more often. When people feel they aren’t getting the price they expect for their property, they are more likely to take items they may have otherwise left. In this regard, the debate on fixtures and fittings mirrors the state of the property market and how buoyant or competitive it is at that time, something to also keep in mind. In East Renfrewshire, we are dealing with very much a sellers’ market, where buyers usually compete for the high quality homes in the catchment area of some of the best schools in the country.
When preparing your property for viewings, take a good look around to establish what you can and can’t part with and what could add value to your property. Kitchens can be particularly tricky. The fridge/freezer usually moves with the owner, however, ovens, hobs and dishwashers tend to come under the fixture category, largely dependent on whether they are fitted or freestanding appliances. Bedrooms and living spaces may have items like bookshelves, made to measure curtains and lighting appliances that may be more appropriate in this space than where you intend to move. Bathrooms fitted with designer taps might add to your sale price. Don’t forget the exterior of your property too, as items like garden furniture, plant pots and ornaments can be expensive to replace.
For sellers, working with your estate agent to create a content list of everything you intend to leave in the property is a good investment of your time, helping to avoid any potential debate later.
At the same time, as a buyer you can always enquire during viewings. If you are particularly attracted to an item, it’s worth asking if it is included in the price, or whether it can be purchased separately and using these fittings to smooth a sale may help the seller.
Working closely with us to establish what to take and what to leave will help secure the right price for your property, with as little fuss as possible during the selling process. For more information and guidance on this, contact our friendly team at Nicol Estate Agents to find out how we can help.